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Take Measures to Preserve Effectiveness of Cephalosporins
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Take Measures to Preserve Effectiveness of Cephalosporins

    1. Sponsored by

      The Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an updated rule that will limit the uses of cephalosporins in food animal production. This restriction is a victory for human health as it will help ensure this critically important class of antibiotics will continue to work to treat life-threatening infections today and in the future.

This is not the first time FDA has taken steps toward eliminating uses of cephalosporins in industrial farming. In 2008, the agency tried and failed to take similar action. That is why it is so important FDA receives public comments saying that this rule needs to be finalized in order to keep these critical drugs protected from overuse and misuse on industrial farms.

Although FDA has approved cephalosporins to treat some infections in food animals, currently the drugs often are administered in ways not explicitly approved by the agency. Many of the eight billion broiler chickens produced each year in this country are treated with cephalosporins in the absence of disease before they hatch—a practice that the FDA has not expressly approved.

First discovered more than 60 years ago, cephalosporins have become a vital class of antibiotics for treating people suffering from bacterial meningitis; infections associated with cancer; and infections of the bone, urinary tract and upper respiratory system. These drugs are especially important for treating children; unlike other antibiotics such as fluoroquinolones and tetracyclines, they carry no warnings or precautions for use in kids.

Please take a moment and send the comment below and tell the FDA to finalize this rule. It is important that the agency hears from the American people—those who rely on cephalosporins and other antibiotics to treat life-threatening diseases.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 30,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Melissa Finley WALNUT CREEK, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Antibiotics need to be preserved as useful.

      Only by limiting their use will this happen.

    • David Garrick MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      As a recent graduate in microbiology I find it startling that any country, let alone one in which major microbiological research occurs, would be content with nurturing 'superbugs' in their food. Also as we are in an age where people have moved more quickly and further then ever before, the spread of these organisms can be around the world in a matter of months, from when the drug was administered.

    • Irene Heitsch AUSTIN, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      Use of antibiotics is just one of many unethical practices used by the meat industry. Labor abuses, inhumane practices, use of growth hormone which will in time cause untold problems in our children, greenhouse gases and water pollution are some others. It's time for these corporate monsters to pay the piper. It's time for our government to stand up for US and not corporations.

    • Beth Collins LITTLE ROCK
      • almost 3 years ago

      I would like to see this vital class of antibiotics preserved for treatment of those who really need it.

    • Trent Martin HAGERSTOWN, MD
      • almost 3 years ago

      Anitbiotic affect the entirity of life on this planet.


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